# Statistical Consultants Ltd

Search Engines,
Information Technology

This blog post explains some of the ways of making specialised Google searches.

Search query examples are contained within square brackets i.e. [ ].

Weather

Weather reports for many cities can be found by typing “weather”, followed by the city’s name (or zip code for the US).  To see the weather of your current location, simply search [“weather”].

Stock Quotes

To see the current market data for a company/fund, search for its ticker symbol.  More data can be found by clicking on the link to Google Finance.

Time

The current time for many cities around the world can be found by searching “time” followed by the city’s name.

Sunrise and Sunset

The sunrise/sunset times for many cities can be found by searching “sunrise” or “sunset” followed by the city’s name.

Calculator

If you enter a mathematical formula, Google’s calculator will find the answer.  For example a search of:
[5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=]

… gives the following:
(5 * 9) + (sqrt(10)^3) = 76.6227766

- is used for subtraction
* is used for multiplication
/ is used for division

^ is used for exponents e.g. 2^3 represents 2 to the power of 3.
sqrt(x) finds the square root of x (alternatively ^(1/2) could be used)

exp(x) finds e to the power of x
log(x) finds the log (base 10) of x
ln(x) finds the natural log of x

There are also trigonometric functions (cos, sin, tan, cosh, sinh, tanh).

Unit Conversion

You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, volume and many others.

For example, the search:
[10.5 cm in inches]

… gives the following:
10.5 centimeters = 4.13385827 inches

Currency Conversion

Like with the unit conversion, Google’s calculator can also make currency conversions.

At the time of writing, the search:
[150 GBP in USD]

… gives the following:
150 British pounds = 235.62 U.S. dollars

Dictionary Definitions

The definitions of a word or phrase can be found by searching “define” followed by the word or phrase.  For a list of definitions from a variety of sources, search “define:” followed by the word or phrase.  Note that the search results will define the entire phrase.

Local Search

If you’re looking for a store, restaurant, or other local business you can search for the category of business and the location (either by location name or zip code) and Google will return results right on the page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information.

Flight Tracking (USA)

To see the flight status of arriving/departing US flights, search for the name of the airline followed by the flight number.

Package Tracking (USA)

UPS, Fedex and USPS packages can be tracked by searching for the package’s tracking number.

Patent Numbers (USA)

To search for US patents, search “patent” followed by the patent number.

Google has the following specialised search engines:

Images
Videos

Directory

Real Time

News
Blogs
Groups

Finance

Patents

Public Data
Scholar

Maps

Earth

Product Search a.k.a. Froogle

Books

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